Republic of Ireland beaten by Norway | WC warm-up wins for Portugal and Spain


Substitute Ohi Omoijuanfo made light of Erling Haaland’s absence as Norway struck late to beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1 in Dublin.

Omoijuanfo snatched the visitors victory with his first senior international goal at the Aviva Stadium after Alan Browne had cancelled out Leo Ostigard’s opener.

It was a kick in the teeth for Stephen Kenny’s men, who had rallied after a pedestrian first half to look the team more likely to win the game after the break.

Norway's Ohi Omoijuanfo celebrates scoring their side's second goal of the game during the international friendly match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture date: Thursday November 17, 2022.
Image: Norway’s Ohi Omoijuanfo celebrates his late winner in Dublin

They will head for Malta on Sunday knowing there are issues to address before they open their Euro 2024 campaign in March with a daunting fixture against France.

The home side enjoyed a let-off when Mohamed Elyounoussi slipped before he could shoot after carving his way into the penalty area 12 minutes before the break, but they were not so fortunate with five minutes of the half remaining.

Ostigard timed his run to perfection to get in front of John Egan and head Martin Odegaard’s corner past Gavin Bazunu to give Norway a deserved lead.

Callum O’Dowda failed to make the most of a headed opportunity at the far post, but it was from his 69th-minute cross that his side forced their way back into it.

Ostigard could only head the ball to Browne on the edge of the box and he sent a skidding shot inside the post despite Orjan Nyland’s best efforts.

However, there was to be a late twist when, after Nathan Collins failed to deal with an 85th-minute Odegaard free-kick, substitute Omoijuanfo stabbed home to win it.

Fernandes scores twice in Portugal World Cup warm-up win

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Highlights of the international friendly between Portugal and Nigeria.

Bruno Fernandes scored twice in the first half and debutant Goncalo Ramos and Joao Mario added late goals as Portugal crushed Nigeria 4-0 in a World Cup warm-up in Lisbon on Thursday.

Missing Cristiano Ronaldo due to a stomach bug, his Manchester United team-mate Fernandes led a strong Portugal side in their last match before travelling to Doha on Friday.

The only surprise was the debut of 19-year-old Benfica defender Antonio Silva, who started ahead of Pepe as the veteran works his way back from a long injury lay-off.

Portugal are in World Cup Group H with Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea.

Fati scores in Spain warm-up win over Jordan

Barcelona's Ansu Fati in action during the Joan Gamper trophy soccer match between FC Barcelona and Pumas Unam at the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)
Image: Ansu Fati impressed in Spain’s World Cup warm-up win over Jordan

Ansu Fati seized his chance to impress Spain manager Luis Enrique as the Barcelona youngster scored in his side’s 3-1 victory over Jordan in a World Cup warm-up game.

The 20-year-old started and needed only 13 minutes to make his mark in a sold-out Amman International Stadium.

With all eyes on Fati after doubts over whether he would make the 26-man squad, he looked lively and was off-target with another couple of attempts as a Spanish side featuring several fringe players dominated.

The 2010 world champions doubled their lead in the 56th minute when Gavi fired home.

Athletic Bilbao youngster Nico Williams, who replaced Fati late on, did his cause no harm with a well-taken third in the 84th minute for his first Spain goal.

Jordan managed a late consolation through substitute Hamza Al Dardour after a mistake by substitute Cesar Azpilicueta.

Spain play Costa Rica in their World Cup opener on Wednesday and they also face Germany and Japan in Group E.

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